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911 transcripts of Accent Signage shooting released

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It's been nearly three weeks since gunfire erupted inside Accent Signage in Minneapolis, leaving seven people -- including the gunman -- dead. Now, the 911 transcripts from that day are giving a chilling glimpse into the first moments following the violent rampage.

The Minneapolis Police Department released the transcripts on Tuesday afternoon, which show terrified employees called for help while racing to get out of the building.

"There's like, three people shot at least. People are running. We gotta get out of here," one caller said.

The caller explained that the victims were all on the floor, with two in the main office and one downstairs.

"I saw the blood everywhere," the caller said.

As the call continues, the operator asked whether the gunman was an employee, and the caller confirmed that he was.

"I don't know what happened. I saw him running around with a gun," the caller said of the gunman, Andrew Engeldinger. "At first, I thought it was a joke -- and then I saw the blood everywhere and heard shots."

When police first arrived at the scene, they didn't know where the shooter had gone or how many victims there were. The first officers to enter the building were placed on leave after witnessing the traumatic scene, and police also released audio of one officer's call back to dispatch.

"We're clearing the way. We got two more victims down here -- one is possibly alive. They're searching," the officer said before the call cut out.

With two confirmed victims suffering head wounds in the main entry way, ambulances rushed to the scene, but the chaos continued until police found Engeldinger dead in the basement with a single gunshot wound to his head about an hour after the first 911 call was made.

"We are in the southwest corner of the basement. It appears we have the suspect with a gunshot wound to the head," an officer told dispatchers. "At this point, it appears he's deceased. The handgun is on the floor."

Engeldinger killed six people, including Accent Signage owner Reuven Rahamim, after learning he was being terminated from his job because he had been late several times and his performance was poor, investigators say.

Engeldinger's parents say they believe their son suffered from mental illness. They tried to get him help, but he refused and ultimately cut off contact with them.

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